Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What the Olsen sister did next

In the wake of her startling debut in Martha Marcy May Marlene, Elizabeth Olsen's other psychological thriller from 2011, Silent House, is being marketed on the back of another great performance by Olsen (this one, seemingly, far more conventionally expressive) and the creative decision to film the horrific events that befall Olsen's distressed heroin in a single real-time take. Apparently inspired by real events. The film itself may not live up to its catchy gimmick, with critical & commercial response resoundingly lukewarm, but as horror goes, Silent House seems pretty entertaining.

She'll also appear opposite How I Met Your Mother's Josh Radnor in his sophomore writing / directing effort, Liberal Arts, as a 19 year-old college student generating existential angst for Radnor's 30-something graduate when a strong attraction sparks between them. Radnor's debut, Happythankyoumoreplease was as refreshingly honest as it was annoyingly pretentious, but his characters and actors were intriguing enough to justify a second helping.